Offers a comprehensive survey of affordable housing across the world. Presents numerous case-studies and best-practices on affordable housing design. Presents clear and concise strategies on how to make cities more affordable and inclusive. Offers interviews and conversations with globally known figures in progressive architecture and city planning.
How are efforts at making cities more inclusive and equitable playing out across nations and societies, with different governance structures and varying political circumstances? How is affordable housing bridging economic gaps across different social and cultural geographies? This collection of fifty essays and case studies engages in these important questions and explores a wide array of strategies and approaches, extracting their overlaps and contrasts. It features interviews with influential administrators and planners such as Somsook Boonyabancha (Thailand), and Jaime Lerner (Brazil). It showcases projects by globally known architects and urbanists such as MVRDV (The Netherlands), and Alejandro Aravena (Chile). And it offers discussions on uplifting the base of the economic pyramid through low-income and slum-upgradation projects in Mali, Venezuela, Bogota, Myanmar, and Pune. This volume is not only an invaluable resource for architects and planners interested in the design of affordable housing, but for anyone interested in the global multiplicity and complexity of urban affordability, liveability and social justice.
How are efforts at making cities more inclusive and equitable playing out across nations and societies, with different governance structures and varying political circumstances? This collection of fifty essays and case studies engages in these important questions and explores a wide array of strategies and approaches.
"This volume illustrates cutting-edge progressive efforts aimed at understanding what works and why." --Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Director, City Design Program, University of Illinois at Chicago "This volume offers a deeply informative range of insights and experiences on housing and urbanism." --Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, India "This volume is a comprehensive collection of essays revolving around two of the most important challenges in the contemporary city: housing affordability and socio-political inclusiveness. The editors and authors of this extraordinary assemblage do not stop their scholarly work just there; the text and its beautiful illustrations provide the clarity of content that a present-day reader requires for a preliminary understanding of housing design principles, informal and formal cities, mobility and infrastructure, socio-economic and gender segregation, public participation, community led-development, new technologies, climate resiliency, urban policies, and the future of urban form and dwelling opportunities in a variety of geographic and political conditions around the world." --Jaime Correa, Associate Professor in Urban Design Practice, University of Miami, USA "As a practitioner working with residents of informal settlements where lack of housing and basic service delivery remains formidable hurdles to accessing opportunities for betterment of life, this multi-layered book has helped generate significant strategic thinking." --Anita Patil-Deshmukh, Executive Director, PUKAR, India "This book is a must-read for architects, planners, and policy makers, who should use their powers of imagination to create social added value." --Floris Alkemade, Chief Government Architect of The Netherlands
Vinayak Bharne is an urban designer and city planner based in Los Angeles, USA. He is Principal and Director of Design of the award-winning practice Moule & Polyzoides, a faculty of urbanism at the University of Southern California, and Executive Editor of the India-Netherlands-based urbanism journal, My Liveable City. His books include The Emerging Asian City, and the forthcoming Routledge Companion on Global Heritage Conservation.
Shyam Khandekar is an urban designer, city planner and architect with four decades of design experience in Europe and India. He was the founder and director of the award-winning Dutch design practice Khandekar Urban Design and Landscape, that continued under the name BDP.Khandekar. From 2008-2012 he served as Company Director of the major international design practice BDP, headquartered in London. He is Co-Founder and Director of the Knowledge Platform, My Liveable City, and Editorial Director of its urbanism magazine.